Articles from: September 2012

Global Clean Energy

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Long Beach-based Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCEH), a bio-feedstock development company, is forging new ground in the development of non-food-based renewable plant oil energy sources. 

Much of the United States’ focus on renewable energy has been on corn- and soybean-based biofuels as a replacement for traditional fossil-based fuels. While in theory these sources lessen dependence on traditional fuels, serious questions remain about the quantity of fossil fuels needed to produce corn-based ethanol and the overall energy balance and sustainability of many first-generation biofuels like soy, palm and animal fats. Moreover, the conversion of food products into fuel comes with unintended consequences. Corn and soy used for biofuels production cuts into total agricultural output resulting not only in higher grain prices at the grocery store, but also in higher cost for animal-based protein (chicken, beef and pork), because corn (and soybeans) are a primary feed for livestock. In the U.S., this may lead to incremental cost increases; however, in the developing world it could result in prolonged poverty and more acute food shortages.

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Nature Woven

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Unless you have worked in retail, you wouldn’t immediately think about the large amount of waste generated by retailers to communicate its marketing messages to consumers. If you carefully look around stores, you’ll notice the environment is full of signs and banners attached to walls, windows, encased in backlit fixtures or hung from the ceilings. The majority of that signage is printed on petroleum-based materials. Further, retailers typically swap out their in-store signage every three or four weeks, creating a huge waste of non-sustainable resources.

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South Coast Air Quality Management District

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is the regional air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This area is home to nearly 17 million people—about half the population of the whole state of California.  It is the second most populated urban area in the United States and one of the smoggiest.

AoSA Image

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Hundreds if not thousands of specialty print houses can be found in the greater Los Angeles area. AoSA Image is one that truly stands out from the rest. Sure, they create and print packaging; point of purchase items such as in-store banners and displays; and promotional materials like many other print shops. But the similarities end there. 

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Transforming Lives From Within by Lynn M. Bunch

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It has been said that, “Transformation begins from within,” and the saying couldn’t be more accurate. Where most people get stuck is how to make it happen. Questions such as, “How do I even begin making the transformations?” and “What area of my life should I start with?” are common. For those asking these questions and that have felt stuck in their personal growth journey, there are four core areas to concentrate on and jumpstart the transformation.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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With education and close monitoring, women can take control of their breast health. While breast cancer is the most common cancer in women —with one in nine women developing the disease in their lifetime—maintaining a disciplined approach to screening will improve the chances of finding breast cancer early when it is easiest to treat. Early detection is the key to improving the success of breast cancer treatment and saving a woman's life. 

  Some women fall in a higher risk group due to a number of factors, which occur in only 15-20 percent of women and are merely indicators that would put a woman in a risk group. If you are in a risk group, remaining aware and closely monitoring your breast health are the best ways to maintain total body health. The following tools are recommended to help protect breast health.

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Workshop Teaches How to Live Your Passions

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Certified Passion Test facilitator, Juliette Bastian, will be conducting a workshop in Culver City on Sunday, October 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Passion Test process was created by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood and described in their New York Times bestselling book, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.

Eric Pearl: Author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself

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Internationally recognized healer Eric Pearl has appeared on countless television programs in the U.S. and around the world, spoken (by invitation) at the United Nations, presented to a full house at Madison Square Garden, been interviewed in various publications including The New York Times, and most recently featured in the film, The Living Matrix.

Golden Heart Spiritual Center is Relocating

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Golden Heart Spiritual Center, founded by pastors Ted and Liza Stefan, is opening a new location in mid-October. The first public service will take place on October 14. From that point on, the congregation will meet in the auditorium of the Castle Heights Elementary School Auditorium. 

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Playing Genetic Roulette

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Filmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith has released a groundbreaking new feature-length documentary, Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives, narrated by Lisa Oz. It provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. Smith hopes to accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) already underway.